Etching is a fun but time-consuming process. I start out with sheet silver, then print the pattern on special paper. I burnish the design onto the heated metal and then peel off the paper. The silver sheet is then floated on an acid bath where the exposed metal gets etched with the pattern. The silver is neutralized in a bath and the special blue paper for the design is scrubbed off with a solvent.
I cut out the earrings from the silver sheet using a jeweler's saw. I pierced some of the silver sheet and cut it away to give it a unique design. I soldered on a ball of silver into the center of the flower. I filed and smoothed the edges. I then painted patina onto the etched surface to accentuate the flower.
Dimensions: Diameter 1 and 1/2 inches. Sterling silver ear wires. These can be changed to comfortable sterling silver clip ons at an additional cost.